Gorgeous antique French Napoleon III to Belle Epoque era Empire Revival style single desk top inkwell. Featuring thick & heavy wheel cut crystal encased in gilt bronze framework. Mounted with a hinged lid decorated with ornate filigree trim and reticulated decoration of rosettes and palmettos. Opening to reveal a deep reservoir and removable glass liner. The crystal body features a wheel cut faceted shoulder and stepped groove edge, and canted corners. Neoclassical ornamentation comprises of Grecian wreathes with ribbon, abundant flower filled cornucopias, winged thyrsus allegorizing the god of wine Bacchus / Dionysus. In overall good antique condition with general wear commensurate with age and use. No chips or cracks to the heavy quality crystal inkwell. There is a chip to the removable glass liner as shown. Stands 3 3/4" tall x 2 5/8" square at the base.